San Ysidro LPOE Project Facts

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians per day. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) projects an 87% increase in vehicle traffic in San Ysidro by the year 2030.

To accommodate that growth and to better meet the changing needs of the tenant agencies and the traveling public, GSA is conducting a complete reconfiguration and expansion of the port. The scope includes the demolition and construction of the LPOE, including primary and secondary inspection areas, administration and pedestrian buildings, and all other support structures. The project will expand pedestrian processing facilities including a new pedestrian crossing on the east side of the LPOE that will connect with a new multimodal transportation hub in Mexico and expanded northbound inspection facilities. Additionally, there will be a new bi-directional crossing at El Chaparral/Virginia Avenue with an associated transit center.

Once all three phases are complete, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, as well as improved processing facilities for bus and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) travelers. The LPOE will have over 110,000 square feet of new primary and secondary vehicle inspection canopy utilizing state-of-the-art materials that will both conserve and produce energy. In addition, a portion of the Interstate 5 South freeway will be realigned and expanded from the current five lanes to ten lanes which will connect to Mexico’s new El Chaparral facility. A corresponding southbound inspection canopy will be constructed to support the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) southbound vehicle inspection efforts.

Primary Tenants

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Energy and Sustainability Goals

  • Energy
    • Solar photovoltaic system
    • Solar thermal hot water system
    • Geothermal heat exchange system
  • Water
    • Ultra-low flow fixtures
    • Rainwater retention and reuse system
    • Onsite waste water treatment system
    • Xeriscape landscaping (drought tolerant plants)
Last Reviewed: 2019-07-17